Mar 29, 2017

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Flashback Patient Story: Raymond’s Home Health Journey

Raymond's-Home-Health-JourneyOne of my favorite things about my job is when I get to talk to patients who have had a good experience at Pella Regional. There are so many great people that work here and they are helping people who are in a health crisis on a daily basis. So, I’m going to post some of my favorite stories we have from the past few years. I hope you enjoy them as I enjoyed meeting these patients:

When the problems started in May 2014, Raymond Weinmeister of Oskaloosa had no idea how bad it would be. But today, he is thankful to say that he feels better now than he did before the problems started. Raymond attributes his health to two things: his wife Nancy and Pella Regional Health Center’s Home Health Care.

“I have the best ever wife,” said Raymond. “Nancy took care of it all. And Pella’s Home Health was the best. They were always professional, punctual and wonderful to me.”

Raymond’s health problems started with diverticulitis. An infection ran throughout his colon, and an abscess formed on his bowel. Surgery was required, and while it was touch-and-go for a while, Raymond was successful with surgery at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. To recover, he was admitted to a nursing home, but things didn’t go as well there. Before long, he was dehydrated due to the flu and was taken by ambulance back to Mercy.

His wife Nancy remembers her frustration.

“As he recovered in the hospital, I told the doctor that he was not going back to a nursing home,” said Nancy. “I knew that he would get better at home. I wanted him to be with Pella Regional’s Home Care because they are so excellent. Their wound care had so impressed me earlier. So when this happened, I just knew that Pella would take good care of him.”

Raymond began with Pella Regional Health Center’s Home Care on Feb. 8, 2015 and graduated to full independence on July 7.

“I feel good today,” said Raymond. “I’m better now than before I was sick. I was a dead duck when this started, and I missed three bullets. But I’m healed and it’s gone good.”

The Weinmesters said that they think they met everyone Pella Regional has in Home Health, and everyone was very supportive. But they especially appreciated their primary caregiver, and physical therapist.

“I would recommend Pella Regional’s Home Care to anyone over nursing home care,” said Nancy. “The patient is happy. And I’m happy.”


Keep watching for more great stories from the past at Pella Regional.

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